Holman Corporate Leaders

At Holman, family isn't just a tagline. It's the way we've done business since 1924. Our commitment is to provide every client with a personalized, exceptional automotive experience. The Holman name stands for honesty, respect, and integrity in servicing our customers, driven in part by our leaders who reinforce the core values of our family-owned business:

Brian R. Bates
President and CEO of Holman Consumer Services
Brian is responsible for leading three of Holman's six businesses: Holman Automotive, Steward Financial Services and Holman Insurance Services. Brian joined Holman in 1989 as a service advisor intern. An ASE-certified technician, Brian also completed an internship at ARI's Technical Resource Center. Upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics in 1991, he joined ARI as a financial analyst and went on to serve in several management positions across the companies, eventually being named Chief Financial Officer for Holman. As CFO, he was responsible for the global financial operations for the entire organization.

Gene Welsh
Executive Vice President of Retail Operations

Gene was appointed Executive Vice President of Retail Operations for Holman Automotive in 2016. Gene has been with the Holman organization for nearly 30 years, most recently leading the global sales and marketing efforts of Holman's fleet management business, ARI. During his tenure with Holman, he has also held various positions in operations, customer service, and finance across the country.
Glenn A. Gardner
Executive Vice President of Retail Services

Glenn was appointed Executive Vice President of Retail Services in 2016. A graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Glenn joined the Holman organization in 1983. During his tenure, Glenn has served as Assistant Controller, Controller, and General Manager of Holman Ford in New Jersey. Glenn was promoted to his current role after successfully overseeing the growth of Holman's Southern Dealership Operations for 14 years.
Laura Carlisle
Chief Financial Officer

Laura was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Holman Automotive in 2016. She began her career with Kuni Automotive in 1994 as a dealership controller. Laura is a member of both the Oregon Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Matt Newell
Senior Vice President, Legal

Matt serves as Senior Vice President of Legal for Holman Automotive. Matt joined Kuni Automotive in 2011 and led the legal department during a period of acquisition and growth activity. He partners with general managers and the rest of the senior management team to provide counsel for contract negotiations, real estate development, litigation, and acquisitions. Matt received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Petter Witt
Platform Vice President, Northeast

Petter was appointed Platform Senior Vice President for Holman Automotive's Northeast stores in 2017. Prior to joining Holman, Petter spent 17 years at BMW where he held numerous strategic leadership positions within the organization. Most recently Petter served as Executive Vice President, Operations, responsible for all of BMW's sales operations within the United States. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College.
George Athan III
Platform Senior Vice President, West

George serves as Platform Senior Vice President West, of Holman Automotive. He has been part of the retail automotive industry for nearly 25 years. As part of Kuni Automotive, George served in various positions including General Manager and later as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, George provided oversight of Kuni Automotive's growth in national sales volume.